One of the biggest benefits of going on a detox, regardless of how short or long, is that it breaks unwanted, annoying habits that we just can’t seem to get rid of on our own no matter how many times we try. That is why people tend to do detoxes over and over. Bad habits seem to creep back into our life when we aren’t looking, and usually we need help hitting the reset button. Sugar being one of the main culprits.
Whether I want it to or not, determination is a strength that comes naturally to me. So when I was a sugar addict, dreaming up ways to satisfy my nagging sweet tooth consumed me. Whether it was a bag of M&M’s from the vending machine, sneaking out of the house after dark to drive to Friendly’s for a peanut butter cup sundae, or simply whipping up a batch of home made chocolate chip cookies, I craved it bad and worked hard to make sure I got it. Though I didn’t realize it at the time, it was controlling me.
My cravings were so intense that I had no interest in breaking the habit because sugar was just way too seductive. For me, I needed to connect the dots, which took learning more about the detrimental affects of sugar on my body – like the chronic pain in my neck and shoulder, the puffy aging skin on my face, and the horrible acidy ache in my gut that never seemed to quit no matter how many purple pills I took!
So how’d I stop? I didn’t do a detox program, but instead decided to do it on my own. Here’s where determination worked in my favor! I’m not going to lie, it wasn’t easy, and I wished I had someone to guide and support me during my transformation. What worked for me and does for many of my clients too, is steering clear of the withdrawl and deprivation.
So, that is why I am a big believer in using substitutes while at the same time working on balancing nutrients and digestive health. Most of us have experienced it: deprivation can derail progress and take you right back to where you started, leaving you feeling defeated and discouraged. Having a delicious alternative that satisfies your sweet tooth is the magic key. While it may take some convincing and getting used to, natural sweeteners can taste just as good as sugar. In other words, give it some time before you give up!
There are many theories out there on which sugar substitutes to use. That is one of the frustrating things about nutrition – there is not always a consensus on what’s best. So, I like to subscribe to what makes the most sense to me based on research sprinkled with a little intuition, and then stick hard to that plan as if I believe it with my whole body, mind and spirit. Therefore, leveraging the mind body connection as well as leaning into the theory, which I find to be a more relaxed instinctive approach.
Today I’m going to focus on my favorite natural sweetener, honey.
Produced by fluttering, buzzing bees for their own nourishment, honey contains over a hundred different compounds. Whereas, sugar is merely just a condensed form of sucrose, which is a combination of both glucose and fructose alone. High-fructose corn syrup is the same. Even though they can be eaten and are by many people, reality is that those sweeteners, sugar and HFCS, aren’t even food! They are merely chemical structures with zero minerals, vitamins, phytonutrients, micronutrients or flavonoids which lead to hidden, silent inflammation among other problems.
On the other hand, honey is known for its numerous health benefits including its immune boosting power and has been revered around the world for its ability to heal wounds. What about blood sugar? It’s debatable, but in a series of experiments involving participants with high cholesterol or type 2 diabetes, honey has proved itself to be the healthiest sweetener. During the study using unprocessed honey, total cholesterol, triglycerides, c-reactive protein, homocysteine and blood sugar all were reduced. Sweet!
This is why I’ve chosen organic honey as the sweetener in my Clean Lean and Sexy™ whole foods energy bars – which are now for sale on my website:
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Like all foods, quality makes a difference. So, make sure to get a pure, unprocessed form of honey from a reliable, local source.
One thing I hear from my clients after they adopt a Clean Lean and Sexy™ lifestyle, is that their cravings are gone. Poof, just like that, vanished before their very eyes! For some, including me, this is nothing short of a miracle. But really it is not as hard as it may seem. When you get the junk out of your trunk so to speak, or in other words, clean up your diet by using whole, pure foods, it is so much easier for the body to stop craving the anti-food, anti-nutrient, seductive foods like sugary sweet treats.
When I tell people my sugar addiction story and how I no longer crave sugar or chocolate in any form, natural or not, they are in disbelief. Honey is what got me here. It’s one of my secret sauces that I am so very happy to share with you.
What’s your sugar story? Leave me a comment below about what works for you and how I can help